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MSI GeForce GTX 680 DirectX 11 N680 PE 2GD5/OC 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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  • 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 1019MHz
  • Boost Clock 1084MHz
  • 2 x DVI 1 x HDMI 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1536 CUDA Cores
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16

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Leading international graphics card maker MSI has always been a key player in the competitive graphics card market. Thanks to its strong R&D capabilities and outstanding product performance, MSI's products have always received high acclaim by the media and consumers throughout the world.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Cameron C.
  • 2/11/2014 12:18:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: BEAST overclocker. Majorly reliable.

Cons: none.

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  • Richard F.
  • 1/1/2014 1:57:27 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo good I bought two more!

Pros: Great Price for a decent screen size. I'm a gamer and video maker/editor and this is perfect for that.

Cons: Onboard speakers are kinda meh but it's a cheap price so I don't mind

Other Thoughts: I bought a second one of these last year and now my third is coming in soon, I approve highly of these, for almost any use!

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5 out of 5 eggsThis is gaming.

Pros: The look. Dual fans. Performance for the price. This thing does it all.

Running along side an FX 8350 Vishera 4.0GHz x8 AMD CPU. Nothing overclocked as it makes me uncomfortable, however I must say even on default setting this thing is a beast.

Ultra settings Witcher 2 - Stable and smooth at 28 - 45 FPS. Never drops below 28 and remains incredibly smooth.

Ultra settings Crysis 2 - A very smooth and stable 55 FPS, has never dropped below 48.

Ultra settings Skyrim - Due to the engine of the game, I still get FPS dips, but it's never went under 30. Anyone with experience with Bethesda games knows they're buggy and will drop FPS because of it. But I'm usually cruising at 60 FPS when outside of drop areas.

All in all, it does what I hoped. Runs everything at a very comfortable and smooth rate. I can't be any happier. Even with just ONE of these cards I'm running everything three times better than my old GTX 460, I'm extremely happy with my purchase.

Cons: Really my only complaint is it's size. Pay close attention to the dimensions of this card and make your measurements in your case before ordering to make sure you have the space for it. I run my rig in an Antec 900 first gen, and I BARELY made the cut to put this card in, so do your homework. Other than that, nothing to complain about.

Other Thoughts: I can't imagine what this thing couldn't do in SLI.

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  • Ronald B.
  • 4/21/2013 6:48:53 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsmy bad

Pros: My initial review and RMA was premature. There was a bios issue with my ASUS mainboard that caused the card to fail. Too bad for me as I missed out on a great card.
newegg and MSI have been kind to me, gladly refunding the purchase price.

Cons: this video card has been discontinued. darn shame

Other Thoughts: room for a GTX 690 in the future. I bought a pair of GTX 660 Ti PE for now!

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  • Matthew B.
  • 4/9/2013 7:46:31 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI 680 lightning, er... I mean Power edition

Pros: awesome card, it was cheaper than the lightning edition card which at the time was already discontinued. but its ok because the one and only difference between the 2 cards is a bios. it takes less than 5 minutes to flash the bios and this is a 680 lightning. core clock up to 1202 without overclocking. reached 1300 core with oc.
Dual bios switch makes it simple to install different bios so if you want to have a really good but risky bios for overclocking and then just an efficient bios you can do that. the bios switch is located right next to/ under the msi logo on the edge of the card, i do not know why the dual bios switch is not advertised.

Cons: barely any. gpu reactor had to be removed for this to fit in my computer case with my other lightning, but that is only because it is a micro atx case.
blue leds dont match well with my red leds in the case but it makes the 2 cards stand out more.
the sli ribbon is rather long however very minor complaint just because my case is smaller than most people who would have this monster of a card.
heat output with 2 of these cards right next to each other is intense. running kombuster i saw temperatures up to 92C on the top card, again this is only because they are very close to each other. other sli systems will most likely not have a problem keeping it cool.

Other Thoughts: you can look up the official owners club of the 680 lightning and learn more about this card and the lightning.
system specs
nzxt vulcan Matx computer case
asus maximus IV gene-z motherboard
i7 2600k @4.33GHz
thermaltake water 2.0 extreme cooler
16gb gskill sniper 1866mhz ram
xfx 1050w fully modular power supply
2 x msi gtx 680 lightning (1 bought as lightning 1 bought as poer edition flashed to lightning bios)

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  • Ronald B.
  • 4/4/2013 6:54:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDid not work

Pros: RMA process was easy. when I get one that works, you get your egg back!

Cons: Failed to function. Too bad I have to pay for the return so - 1 egg.

Other Thoughts: Defective from MSI so I can't dis newegg. The absolute FIRST time I received a defective part from MSI. only the SECOND RMA to newegg in over 15 years.

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  • brandon c.
  • 3/29/2013 9:32:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage

Pros: looks great while sitting on the table, broken.

Cons: DOA. dead on arrival. did everything perfect, 100% positive the things dead. even contacted msi tech support in a last-ditch effort to see if he could give me some troubleshooting ideas that maybe i havent thought of, but after i told him the exact situation, he didnt even give me any procedures. He just said "yeah, its DOA, dead on arival." and of course when i contact newegg they wont send me a new one because they just so happened to run out of stock right after i got mine. The lady didnt even know when there was going to be a new shipment in.

Other Thoughts: going to return for cash. bought the msi 680 from superbiiz instead. great site, has lower prices than newegg.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
Hopefully the replacement card will work as it's supposed to.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.
Or you can email us at, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Ryan F.
  • 3/27/2013 11:56:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful Card

Pros: This card is absolutely amazing! ASIC quality on this card scores at a 75.6%! Pretty awesome. This card right from the get go, has the boost clock go to 1189 MHZ with no overclocking! I am impressed

The box is amazing (and has lots of accessories). Yes, I am a box junky and like to have a product in nice packaging. That is a huge plus for me.

I also really like the look of the VRM blue lights and the GPU reactor that glow Blue. Not to mention the backplate, the card just screams awesomeness!

Cons: Not really a con - but this card requires 2x 8 pin pci express connectors. So, if you wanted to SLI, then you would need 4 x 8 pin's. If you only have a couple of 8 pin pci express connecters and 2 x 6 pin connectors - You are in luck!! This card ships with 8 pin to 6 pin converters

Other Thoughts: I have owned many many cards, and I have to say this card is fantastic

I have NEVER seen the card get past the high 60's celcius, even under full load for hours of gameplay. The cooling solution (Twin Frozr IV) design runs quiet and cools effectively.

If you are looking for a gtx 680, I wouldn't look any further. Most games @ 1920x1080 (to 1200p) don't really need the extra 2gb that other cards have to offer. There is only really a handful of games that would make a difference ( and No Battlefield 3 is not one of those games ;) - Max Payne 3 and a few others can benefit from the higher V-ram

Buy this card before it is gone. At the price tag of $459.00, you can't go wrong

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  • David C.
  • 3/27/2013 9:02:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card!

Pros: Great card takes everything I have put it through. I use a 27in Ben Q with DVI-D connected. Getting 109-150 FPS on WoW on Ultra Settings. Temps not getting above 45 C. Easy OCing with MSI Afterburner. You get what you pay for!!

Cons: None, Love the card going to order another to SLI.

Other Thoughts: Has Lightning card cover with a blue lights to make it look pretty. Although it isnt a true Lightning Card never the less it is a workhorse!!!

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  • Suleyka S.
  • 3/23/2013 7:41:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: The product quality and look is exceptional it looks exactly as a lighting edition even the PCB is marked as Lighting, its so sturdy and strong that it supports its own weight and doesn't seem to bend like my previous 6870x2 , temperatures are really low around 35 at idle and 54 at workload playing BF3 at ultra settings at 1080p with everything enabled , the noise is inaudible even at workload, a great card in overall, Newegg shipping was fast and well package

Cons: No cons at all its been a wonderful card since day one

Other Thoughts: system specs
Motherboard: Asrock z68 extreme 7 gen3
CPU: Intel core i5 2500k @ 4.5 ghz
Memory: 16gb Gskill sniper series
PSU : Corsair tx650
HDD: Intel ssd
OS: Windows 8

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